The compliance field is dynamic, fast-paced, and ever-changing. The financial crisis and the need to prevent further economic fall-out and promote stability led Congress to enact the most significant regulatory reform in the American financial services industry which highlighted the importance of compliance controls and oversight. “We’re seeing an increased appreciation for compliance professionals and their unique expertise,” saysAnnette O’Donnell-Butner, ’91 Political Science. Annette is the Chief Compliance Officer of the alternative investment firm KKR Asset Management LLC (KAM), and oversees the Firm’s compliance program and initiatives to meet regulatory laws as well as appropriately balance the objectives of the business.
As a Penn State undergraduate, Annette was a member of multiple social and honor societies including: the Golden Key and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Societies, Delta Delta Delta sorority, the Orchesis Dance Company, as well as the student-run fundraiser, Dance Marathon, known as THON. Following graduation, she earned a law degree from Oklahoma City University and entered the financial industry. After working at several major Wall Street firms, Annette joined KAM in 2009.
A steadfast advocate for the College of the Liberal Arts, Annette remains engaged as a student mentor, a member of the Political Science Board of Visitors, and a supporter of the Paterno Fellows program. She received an Outstanding Alumna Award in 2012 from the political science department for her success as a leader in her profession. Dean Susan Welch notes, “A Liberal Arts degree is an education for ethics and leadership; alumni, like Annette, exemplify those qualities. She has a deep understanding and appreciation for how the sensible design and implementation of financial regulation can strengthen our economy.”
Although Annette, her husband Chris, and the couple’s two sons, call the San Francisco Bay Area home, they are passionate Penn State football fans and frequently travel back east to attend home games during the season.